Medicare Open Enrollment Saves Ohioans $5.5 Million
COLUMBUS — Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced the Department’s Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) helped 38,276 Ohioans with Medicare save a record $5.5 million during Fall open enrollment, the period to select coverage for 2013. OSHIIP is the state’s designated Medicare educational and enrollment assistance program.
“One of my top priorities is protecting Ohio consumers and providing high-level customer service,” Taylor said. “The savings realized by Ohioans last year demonstrate the importance of our work at the Department.”
Taylor also said that those on Medicare saw savings due to OSHIIP helping them enroll in financial assistance programs if they were deemed eligible.
In addition to the savings realized by those helped during open enrollment, OSHIIP assisted 159,000 Ohioans through nearly 2,000 statewide public events, its toll-free hotline and face-to-face counseling in 2012.